More brewery updates in wake of Hurricane Sandy from New York City Brewers Guild

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(New York City, NY) – More NYC brewery updates courtesy of the local brewers guild’s newsletter…

Thank you to all of you who have asked about the status of the New York City brewers after Hurricane Sandy. The good news is that the craft beer scene in the City continues to thrive, though over half of our members sustained extensive damage to their facilities (information on specific breweries below). The impact of Sandy and the losses incurred are far greater than just our individual properties. Our incredible beer community spans our distributors, our customers in the food and beverage industry, and out individual customers – everyone was hurt, and it will take a while to get back to full capacity.

We are excited to present Drink for Good: A Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraiser on December 4th. We will be partnering with 16 breweries and 100% of the ticket price will go directly to community charities working in some of the most hard hit areas. We hope you will join us!

November’s membership event has been postponed, and we will pick back up on December 18th with a Sixpoint tap line takeover at Mission Dolores in Brooklyn.

Thank you to all of you for your kind words and concern. We’ll all be back to brewing soon.


NYC Brewers Guild

Individual Brewery Updates

“Our basement brewery was flooded, and we lost about 2 tons of hops and grain.  We stayed open without power, served our neighbors by candlelight, and we had a good supply of beer on hand to pour while our kitchen staff cooked by miner’s lights. We’ve got our power back, the electrical system of our new brewhouse is being replaced, and after some serious cleaning we’re about ready to start brewing again.”

-Jen Hill, 508 GastroBrewery

“The Bronx Brewery experienced flooding during the storm surge of about 2.5 feet throughout our South Bronx warehouse. We have some damage to our trucks, our cold room is a total loss, some POS is lost, and upon further inspection it looks like our entire hop inventory on site will have to be destroyed. However, in relation to some our peers in the industry, we feel fortunate that our loss was so limited.”

-Chris Gallant, The Bronx Brewery

“Chelsea Brewing Co. sustained major damage from Sandy. We had 4 feet of water in the brewery and pub. We are working feverishly to get operational, first distributing, then pub and restaurant.”

-Mark Szmaida, Chelsea Brewing Co.

“We had a lot of water come through the brewery knocking out our power for a week and doing damage to some of our pumps and grain  storage plus we lost some brewing days and some cooperage that was out on the rockaway boardwalk. On the flip side we have managed to get ourselves back on track and feel fortunate compared to what many other people are going through.”

-Ethan Long, Rockaway Brewing

“Although our one-gallon mini-brewery and our storefront in Coney Island fell victim to Sandy’s surge (unfortunately we lost everything), our main brewing partners located upstate in Saratoga Springs came through unscathed. Thankfully, our production remains ‘business as usual.'”

-Jeremy Cowan, Shmaltz Brewery

“We had 3 to 4 feet of standing water throughout the brewery during the storm surge of Sandy. Fortunately, our damages are all repairable and work is well underway to get things back online. The team is hoping to get back up and running before the end of the month.”

-Pete Dickson, Sixpoint Brewery

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